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Fork Bomb

Jay Mishra| Security | 8 months, 2 weeks


A fork bomb is a type of Denial of service attack wherein the program replicates itself in order to eat up system resources and crash the system. A simple example of a fork bomb is a indefinite self replicating while loop. A fork bomb forks the processes and leads to system through resource starvation. Only option to kill a fork bomb is to kill all the instances of program by rebooting the system.


Example of a fork bomb in python :


 import os
 while True:


An example of fork bomb in Javascript :


function bomb() {
  setTimeout(function() {
    for (;;) {
  }, 0);



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